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Lackadaisical is the Weekly Word, what’s your alternative meaning?

Yesterday I was sitting with the lovely Steve and our neighbour drinking tea and eating chocolate covered cake bites (delicious but very bad for the waistline) and the conversation turned, as it often does to words and what they mean. I explained to both that this week I was planning to use the word Lackadaisical as my weekly word but was struggling to come up with a suitable alternative meaning. By the time that tea was finished and the cakes eaten we had come up with ‘A Daisy Based Laxative’ – what do you think?

This week’s word is LACKADAISICAL, it is an ADJECTIVE and is pronounced ‘lack-a-day-see-cull’

The word lackadaisical means to not be bothered, to lack enthusiasm or determination or to be carelessly lazy or indolent.

Examples of the word Lackadaisical

  • When we allow lackadaisical attitudes and behaviour to continue without challenge, improvement will never be achieved.
  • It was well known that lackadaisical customer service was the norm in almost all the shops when visiting that particular high street in town.

Origins of the word Lackadaisical

It was first known in the mid 18thC around 1760–70 and is formed from a combination of lackaday (an expression of regret or sorrow) and ical which creates the adjective.

Similar Words to Lackadaisical

Slothful, idle, lazy, unambitious

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Words you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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